Books: Larger Than Life

THE CAPTIVE AND THE FREE (369 pp.) —Joyce Cary—Harper ($5).

If ever a novelist died heroically at his work, it was Britain's Joyce Cary. For three years before he died at 68 in 1957, a rare, wasting nerve disease had gripped him in a relentlessly spreading paralysis. Toward the end he wrote with his arm sustained by a rope, his. pen tied to his hand. Then, when his limbs failed him entirely, he dictated until his lips could form no more words.

His last novel was The Captive and the Free. It is unmistakably incomplete, but unmistakably Cary. What he said in it,...

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